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Monthly Issue | August 15, 2006

Proposed PM2.5 regulation goes too far

By Quin Shea, Edison Electric Institute The U.S. electric power industry is committed to improving America's air quality. Progress over the past 25 years has been real and significant and…


Mergers present challenges—and opportunities—for plant managers

Electric utility mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are forged in the boardroom and fueled by Wall Street. But their success or failure is determined at power plants and depends largely on…


1-MW fuel cell cogeneration project, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, California

The term "fuel cell" may have entered the public lexicon in 1995 when Tom Hanks—as Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell (the real quote: "Houston, we've had a problem")—guided the command…


Saguaro Solar Power Plant, Red Rock, Arizona

Solar energy projects over the past few years have been predominantly based on photovoltaic (PV) cells. But given enough land and flat plate collectors, just about any size plant could…


NYPA Astoria Project, Astoria, New York

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) was created by then-Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New York State Legislature in 1931 to develop the hydropower resources of the St. Lawrence…


Mountainview Power Plant, Redlands, California

In ancient Egyptian mythology, the phoenix was a beautiful bird with red and gold plumage that built a pyre of cinnamon twigs at the end of its life and burned…


Monticello Steam Electric Station, Mount Pleasant, Texas

The Monticello Steam Electric Station (Figure 1), comprising three supercritical units collectively rated at 1,880 MW (net), is located in northeast Texas, just southwest of the city of Mount Pleasant…


Linden Generating Station, Linden, New Jersey

In the late 1990s, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG, based in Newark, N.J.)—like just about every other U.S. investor-owned utility—was trying to determine where in the world electricity demand…


Kannagawa Hydropower Plant, Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)—the world's largest private power company—traces its roots to the illumination of a lecture hall by an electric arc lamp at Tokyo's Institute of Technology on…


Currant Creek Power Plant, Mona, Utah

When Des Moines–based Mid-American completed the purchase of PacifiCorp from ScottishPower in late March of this year, one of its prizes was the new, natural gas–fired 525-MW Currant Creek Power…


Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Facility, Brooklyn, New York

To read about the history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is to read about the history of the U.S. Navy and key events in the early life of this country.…


Bethlehem Energy Center, Glenmont, New York

Bethlehem Energy Center (BEC) is a 750-MW (nominal) mid-merit merchant plant that entered commercial service in July 2005. It was one of the first plants to be approved and permitted…


Bavaria Solarpark, Germany

Germany has embraced renewable energy in general—and solar power in particular—like no other country in the world. The key driver of "green" generation in Germany has been the Renewable Energy…


Arcos de la Frontera Grupo III Combined-Cycle Plant, Cádiz, Spain

The challenge Spanish regulators face is balancing their country's energy needs (now growing at 5% a year) and keeping Spain's carbon emissions promises under the Kyoto Protocol. Their solution for…


POWER magazine’s Top Plants of 2006

On the following pages, we introduce the magazine's 12 Top Plants of 2006. Among this year's winners are two solar energy plants and another that marries fuel cells with heat…


Passing on regulatory risks undermines renewable mandates

  More than 20 states now require their investor-owned utilities to serve a certain percentage of their load with renewable energy by a date certain. Other states are considering following…


Focus on O&M (July/August 2006)

NUCLEAR MAINTENANCE Safer, "virtual" reactor walkdowns In an industry where safety comes first, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) has found a way to minimize a major concern of nuclear…


Readers Talk Back (August 2006)

Cape Wind's economics questioned The cited study concludes that the Cape Wind Project will "receive a 25% return on equity, 2.5 times the historical average for all corporations" when the…


ISA/EPRI conference offers a smorgasbord of control cuisines   

The 16th Annual Joint ISA POWID/EPRI Controls and Instrumentation Conference—also known as the 49th Annual POWID Symposium—was held this June in San Jose, Calif. Many of the trends driving this…


Profiling your plant engineering staff

The well-received coal-fired plant operator staffing benchmarking study published in POWER in September 2004 by the EUCG was recently joined by two additional studies: one of plant-level engineering and technical…


Global Monitor (July/August 2006)

Russia's new nuclear navy According to the Russian nuclear agency RIA Novosti, the state-owned nuclear power monopoly Rosenergoatom and the Sevmash shipyard in the Arctic port of Severodvinsk have signed…


Banana republic

  Learning theorists tell us that one of the key reasons we don't learn from our mistakes is that we don't or won't recognize them as such. We attribute good…


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